Happy Saturnalia To All!

A celebration dear to the hearts of the Disinformation team at this time of year is Saturnalia, one of the most popular Roman festivals. It was marked by tomfoolery and reversal of social roles, in which slaves and masters ostensibly switched places, with expectantly humorous results. Saturnalia was introduced around 217 BC to raise citizen morale after a crushing military defeat. Originally celebrated for a day, on December 17th, its popularity saw it grow until it became a week-long extravaganza, ending on the 23rd.

Our favorite exposition of Saturnalia has long been the Electric Sheep comic strip, no longer easily available on the web, but we dug in the crates and are pleased to bring it to you. We did find it here and in a video created from the original website posted to Funny or Die:

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19 Comments on "Happy Saturnalia To All!"

  1. Ahh_The_90s_How_I_miss_Them | Dec 21, 2009 at 4:01 am |

    The artist is Patrick Farley here's some URL's Merry Saturnalia!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Farley
    http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Patrick
    The site is archived here. Pages may load slowly. Just have patience
    http://web.archive.org/web/20030324211705/e-she

  2. Original strip in comic book form is available at http://krack.org/2009/12/saturnalia/

  3. Original strip in comic book form is available at http://krack.org/2009/12/saturnalia/

  4. Anarchy Pony | Dec 25, 2011 at 3:59 am |

    And here I raise my glass to all the other pagan and heathen holidays lost forever to the void of time because of the Christian invaders and usurpers.

    Stay Proud, Stay Pagan.

  5. Anarchy Pony | Dec 25, 2011 at 3:59 am |

    And here I raise my glass to all the other pagan and heathen holidays lost forever to the void of time because of the Christian invaders and usurpers.

    Stay Proud, Stay Pagan.

  6. Anarchy Pony | Dec 24, 2011 at 11:59 pm |

    And here I raise my glass to all the other pagan and heathen holidays lost forever to the void of time because of the Christian invaders and usurpers.

    Stay Proud, Stay Pagan.

  7. Lol, can’t we just be modern smart people who believe truth?

  8. Lol, can’t we just be modern smart people who believe truth?

  9. Anarchy Pony | Dec 25, 2011 at 4:27 am |

    Can’t we not be arrogant fools that think we have a monopoly on truth?

  10. YES! Precisely. All these beliefs are making my head spin mate.

  11. mrtastycakes | Dec 26, 2011 at 2:14 am |

    Why was this posted after the end of Saturnalia? Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. mrtastycakes | Dec 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm |

    Why was this posted after the end of Saturnalia? Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. I read this comic every year! thanks for posting it again its one of my favorite finds through this site 

  14. I read this comic every year! thanks for posting it again its one of my favorite finds through this site 

  15. I met him once.

  16. DeepCough | Dec 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm |

    IO SATURNALIA OMNES

    BIBITEMET GAUDETE

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